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Two Phases of Anger # 2

Being angry over issues that do not go well with a person is natural. All workers have varying causes for being angry. However, it calls to play the maxim of do to others as you want them to do to you. In other words, love is capable of conquering the negative side of anger. A believer is expected to be forthright and always with the inclination to forgive those who offend him/her. In order not to make anger to cause a believer to keep malice thus allowing it to become a time bomb that can wreak untold havoc to the angered person and on the recipient of the negative reaction, Saying it out is a better preferred way of handling anger. Such is intended to solve problems without complicating issues. Two wrongs, they say, cannot make a right. Matthew 5: 20-30 showed the commendation to those servants who gladly used their talents and achieved valuable result. It is noteworthy that they did not cheat their boss they did not remain idle while their master was away even if they had cause to be angry.

Were the master’s strategy meant for workers’ promotion or test for other considerations, the two that really used their time and capability responsibly did so as expected of them. They worked without having to be supervised and would hopefully be worthy of higher responsibility and perquisites of such position.

There is no doubt that the parable was actually telling the congregation about how man would be held accountable for his deeds on earth as he has to report back to Jesus in judgement. Man is expected to trust and obey God as Jesus preached. HE simplified the ten commandments by reducing the lot to just two. They are Man’s love of God ┬áto the exclusion of other gods or graven images, and loving ones neighbor as oneself. They are meant to be easily remembered and thus readily practicable. There are bible passages already mapped out on how to handle anger for positive results. It’s coming soon.

No Place for Despondency

Be strong in the Lord to be able to achieve your avowed intention.

Be strong in the Lord to be able to achieve your avowed intention.

For all believers, our Lord Jesus is our spiritual looking-glass self concerning the way he had to undergo many-a-lot of harrowing experiences from conception to birth, post birth situations up to how he went to the cross, the grave and eventually to the sky. In spite of all odds, He accomplished his mission on earth. His immaculate conception was hard for Joseph the carpenter, the would be earthly father, to accept his betrothed Mary. King Herod out of jealousy sought to kill him. Matthew 1: 18-25. The devil tempted Him after His baptism Matt. 4:1-11; 27: 24 to the end; Luke 23. The most painful of the ordeals was Judas Iscariot’s betrayal to the High Priest and the Elders. The case of Brutus to Caesar was a child’s play concerning the person of our Lord and Savior. Jesus was not discouraged and did not chicken out of the divine race He ran and won by being able to return to sit at the right hand of God the Father in heaven.

Failures and near successes did not make Abraham Lincoln despondent . He eventually became one of the most revered presidents of the United States. Nelson Mandela remained uncompromising in his demand for freedom and abolition of apartheid. He endured twenty-seven years of incarceration but lastly went from prison to the Presidency of free South Africa. Steve Biko died in prison but succeeded in winning a place in the history of South Africa.The German heroic recovery from the ruins of the second World War showed that they buried despondency along with the losses Nazi German rulers inflicted on the good people of Germany. Today the German currency, indeed the economy, has been described as the strongest within the European Union economy. Over half a century ago, the Rapid Result College had this quotation on her correspondence tutorial booklets: “Do not for one repulse forego the purpose you resolve to effect”. It was a powerful inspiration to those aspirants in pursuit of quality education for better life.

Love your neighbor as your self

lIf man could endeavor to love his neighbor as himself, the world would be a better place to live in. Those who could practice this way of life would enjoy the unavoidable result of their action.The road may be a difficult terrain but the end would be gracious. Hold on to this food for thought until I share with you again.

Regards

Emmanuel Osindele